Raven Darkholme, a.k.a. Mystique, is a mutant who can manipulate her biological make-up and skin cells to take on the appearance of other humans.
X-Men: First Class
Mystique met a young Charles Xavier when she broke into his family's Westchester mansion to steal food. She took the form of his mother to try and fool the boy, but he saw past the ruse. Thrilled at the fact that he wasn't the only one who was "different" in the world, he offered to let Raven stay and live with him and his family.
Years later, Raven followed Charles to England (posing as his sister) and worked as a waitress while he studied genetics at Oxford. She constantly had to hide her true appearance, which began to put a strain on their relationship.
When Charles was approached by Moira MacTaggert to assist in apprehending mutant terrorist Sebastian Shaw, Raven accompanied him to CIA headquarters where they displayed their abilities to a group of government agents, among them the Man in Black. Gathering a group of other mutants, including Erik Lensherr, Sean Cassidy, Alex Summers, Armando Muñoz, and Henry McCoy, they formed the early version of the team that would become the X-Men.
Henry McCoy became instantly smitten with her, and a budding attraction was evident between them. Hank revealed that he had been working on a serum to cure his physical mutation but leave his abilities intact. He believed that Raven's ability to alter her appearance would hold the key to perfecting it. He requested a sample of her blood, during which they shared each others' wish to appear "normal", as well as a kiss. However, Erik's constant validation of her true beauty and self overturned her opinion, and when Hank finished the serum she refused to take it. Hank injected himself and underwent a radical transformation, which resulted in him taking on a more bestial appearance. The serum had the opposite effect he'd intended: it enhanced his mutation instead of dampening it.
The team was instrumental in stopping the Cuban Missile Crisis and foiling the Hellfire Club's bid for world domination. However, it was eventually split when Lensherr began to believe that humans would never accept mutants and opted to assert rule over them instead of waiting to be interred and executed. Raven, who had become something of a protégé to Lensherr, opted to join him and helped form the Brotherhood of Mutants.
At Liberty Island, Mystique got into a fight with Wolverine. He stabbed her with his claws, permanently scarring her. She survived and morphed into the form of a fallen police officer, thereby allowing her to slip past the police that descended on the building.
Magneto's mutation machine caused Senator Kelly to die, so she replaced Kelly and withdrew his support of the bill.
Disguised once more as Senator Kelly, she learned from William Stryker that Magneto was in a federal prison. Mystique gained entry into Stryker's office by impersonating his aide, Lady Deathstrike, and gained details about Magneto's plastic prison (including the names of the guards), as well as to several more of Stryker's plans. After helping Magneto escape from prison, she joined Magneto's brief alliance with the X-Men.
While camped in an unknown forest area, Mystique attempted to seduce Wolverine in the guise of Jean Grey. When he discovered the marks of his claws, she shifted back to her blue form, telling him no one had left a scar quite like him. She later impersonated Wolverine in order to gain entry to Stryker's base at Alkali Lake.
X-Men: The Last Stand
Mystique was apprehended by the government after trying breaking into the FDA to get files about the cure for mutation developed at Worthington Labs. While Magneto was freeing other mutants to join his cause, a police officer aimed a cure gun at him. Mystique stepped in front of Magneto and was shot with the cure dart. Magneto was shocked at the self-sacrifice, and stared at the newly human and naked Mystique laying on the ground. Instead of her normal blue skin and red hair, she had normal skin and short black hair. Magneto subsequently abandoned her, stating that she was no longer one of them.
Mystique retaliated by informing the government of Magneto's base of operations and plans. The cure to her powers may not permanent at all, as Magneto, who in the end of the conflict was also injected with the cure, has been seen to get his powers back slowly.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
PowersRaven Darkholme a.k.a. Mystique could manipulate her biological make up and skin cells to take on the appearance of other humans, animals, or even objects (she once disguised herself as a replica of the Statue of Liberty).
AbilitiesShe was an expert in espionage and fighting. She was also extremely flexible, able to move her hand cuffed arms from behind her to her front, and unlock clamps on her hands with her feet.
If she stayed in a particular form for a long time, her eyes briefly turned yellow. She did not copy any abilities or skills from the person. For example, when she fought Wolverine, she assumed his form and fought him claw to claw, only to have her claws hacked off (they were made of flesh).
Mystique is portrayed by Rebecca Romijn in X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, and by Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class. Morgan Lily portrays a the character as a young girl in X-Men First Class. Romijn makes a cameo appearance in First Class as one of Mystique's transformations. Lawrence is set to reprise her role as Mystique for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Mystique was the one who originally came up with Lehnsherr's codename, Magneto.
- Raven seems to display an attraction to Wolverine, despite the fact that he stabbed her in the first movie and rejected her in the second.
- Wolverine and William Stryker are the only people in the movies to see through Mystique's disguise without the tell-tale yellow eyes. Wolverine does so in the first movie by using his sense of smell, and Stryker in the second when she imitates Wolverine, stating that he knows his own creations and that Mystique wasn't one of them.
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